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From: Andy Burton's Bush Tours <>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 21:45:04 +1000
Spent late Sunday morning and early afternoon birding in parks on the north of the Parramatta River. This river flows through the western suburbs of Sydney.

It was a showery day and the birding was mainly uninspiring. However a visit to Mason Park, a wetland adjoining the Olympic Games site at Homebush Bay saw things improve a little.

Of particular interest was a Diamond Firetail seen in an area of weeds in which Fennel Foeniculum vulgare  was prevalent. This lone bird might be assumed to be an escapee but does anyone have any other ideas.

Other species of interest here included a Sacred Kingfisher, this being either a late departing migrant or perhaps an overwintering bird. Overwintering Sacred Kingfishers in Sydney tend to be found in mangroves and this one was seen near mangroves.

Also present were an Australasian Little Grebe, Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Australian Hobby, 20 Black-fronted Dotterels and a European Goldfinch.

Nearby at Bicentennial Park were three Cattle Egret but no livestock for miles around.

Regards, Andy
Andy Burton's Bush Tours

21 Karabil Cr
Baulkham Hills
NSW 2153

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